We have only ever seen the world filled with humans, but once in awhile, nature knows when to reclaim the earth. Strange phenomena happen every day around the world, a lot of them classified as natural occurrences. It’s just nature taking its course.
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7. The Travelling Black Sun
In the spring and autumn, hundreds of thousands of starlings migrate together from southern Europe to Scandinavia. This event, called Sort sol, takes place in the marshlands of southwestern Jutland, Denmark. Also referred to as the Black Sun, the half a million to a million starlings appear like a huge black sun moving through the sky just a little after the sun sets. Together, they look for a place to roost for the night time. Though their movement appears dance-like and serves as a form of group travel, disturbing the black sun proves unpleasant for anyone or anything who may get in their way. Should a predator try to enter, the birds proceed to release huge amounts of bird droppings and vomit.
6. The Glow In the Dark Sea
The glowing beaches of the Maldives have made the already popular tourist destination more sought after for people’s vacation plans. Aside from the luxurious resorts and beautiful beaches, the South Asian tropical nation can thank bioluminescent plankton for that extra boost in the tourist economy. Stressed phytoplankton cause the ethereal blue light to emit from the sea. Don’t be too startled by the term “stressed” in this context. The movement from waves from either the wind or surfing can cause these type of organisms to become stressed, in turn emitting light.
5. Holy Snow
Penitentes appear like crowds of people repenting on their knees, hence their name. The elongated snow formations seems like they’re doing penance, though their shape really has more to do with climatic conditions rather than sins. Certain conditions at high altitudes shape the snow into pointed blades, all pointing in the direction of the sun. The pointed tops have been likened to the hoods of brothers of the Processions of Penance religious order to further push the similarities. Penitentes form in snow covered areas such as the Dry Andes of Argentina.
4. The Lightning Show
This atmospheric phenomenon looks like something ripped out from the album cover of a metal band, but it’s terrifyingly real. Catatumbo lighting takes place along the mouth of the Catatumbo River and only here. The frequency of the lightning changes both throughout the year and every singly year. When storm clouds move into the area at higher than 1 kilometer over the water, this type of lighting takes place and can last 10 hours per day at 280 times per hour. Throughout the year, lightning happens for 260 nights. The first 3 months of 2010 proved to be a more drought ridden year. As a result, the lightning stopped for a while, alarming many that it may have been done for good.
3. Insects That Stick Together, Emerge Together
The sound the cicada insect makes signal to people that these jumping bugs must be sitting nearby. If you’re not a fan of anything creepy crawly, much less a creepy crawly that can also fly, then this next one might make your skin crawl. But don’t worry, if you don’t live in regions near Ohio or West Virginia, then you have nothing to worry about. Synchronized hordes of cicadas emerge, all together, for a few weeks every 13 to 17 years. The latest brood of cicadas emerged recently, so the next time they’ll all be seen and heard together with their offspring won’t be until 2033.
2. The Sky Is Not Falling
Asperatus clouds forming over New Zealand seem as though the apocalypse must be upon us. With all the strange things happening to mother nature as of late, hardly anyone could blame you for getting a bit anxious at the sky looking like this. What you’re seeing actually just registered as an official type of cloud in 2009 and then it was added to the International Cloud Atlas just this year. They seem like storm clouds at first, but asperatus clouds usually disappear without so much as a drop of rain. Once in awhile they may follow some thunderstorm activity.
Life After Humans
Yet another story of nature taking back what’s hers. The Chernobyl accident took place back in 1986, though the land and the people that once lived there still have to live with the repercussions of the catastrophic nuclear event. The environment was ruled inhospitable for humans, so everyone who survived had to evacuate. Once all the humans moved out, vegetation retook the land, growing in and through man made structures. Not only that, but wild animals have made Pripyat, Ukraine their sanctuary, 30 years after humans weren’t allowed to return for another 20,000 years. No one’s sure how the animals fare against the radiation-ridden environment, though they seem to be thriving.